MAG calls for immediate financial assistance for Medicare/Medicaid physicians

The Medical Association of Georgia is one of the organizations that collectively represent hundreds of thousands of physicians that signed a letter that was sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to “request immediate financial assistance for physicians across the country who are taking heroic action to treat patients with the novel coronavirus, providing ongoing care for patients with chronic conditions and urgent needs, and incurring significant financial losses due to postponing non-essential procedures and visits.”

The letter states that, “Congress intended to provide relief to physician practices who are suffering financial loss due to COVID-19 by designating funding in the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The statute requires HHS to interpret eligibility for the funding broadly to include all physicians who are experiencing revenue losses and non-reimbursable expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Physician practices, depending on their location and specialty, face several hardships that we believe should qualify for help.”

The letter urges HHS to “provide one month of revenue to each physician (M.D. or D.O.), nurse practitioner, and physician assistant enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid to account for financial losses and non-reimbursable expenses.”

HHS letter